Spring Giveaway Week: MightyNest Picnic Gear Pack (with Review!)

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer What’s summer without a picnic or two or twenty? Um, nothing, that’s what. OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but isn’t it true that two of the most universally loved human experiences are eating and enjoying the great outdoors? Put the two of them together and you’ve got sheer bliss, baby! My kids love picnics so much that they have pretend ones all year long indoors. A blanket on the floor and a plate of snacks = happy little people, […]

Spring Giveaway Week: 2 Year-Long Subscriptions to Plan to Eat!

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By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer In this digital age it is easy to find a lot of great recipes online. Perhaps you pin recipes to Pinterest, bookmark them, or save them to your computer. Whatever you do, there are still the extra steps of menu planning and grocery list making to deal with. Plan to Eat makes all of this so easy, you won’t believe it. Here’s a basic rundown of how Plan to Eat works: Virtual Recipe Book Plan to Eat allows you to […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Natural Skincare Bundle From Third Day Naturals (With Review!)

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer I’m not a girly-girl. Never have been. But let me tell you something…I like smelling pretty. Maybe that comes from years of smelling like spit-up, pee-pee, or “oh-my-goodness-when-did-I-last-have-a-bath?” Something about taking a bath with smell-good stuff and then rubbing some on my body just makes me feel better. Even if the day has been a bit rough, a shower and some lip balm just perks my day right up. It seems easier to handle things when you don’t smell like […]

4 Books That Have Helped Me to Simplify

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Learning to slow down and simplify isn’t a lesson that I have learned easily, or one that I am finished learning, but it’s certainly one worth pursuing. Over the past 2 years or so, there have been several blogs and ebooks that have spurred me on towards the goal of cutting back on the non-essentials, in order to free up time and space for the things that matter most. These four books have been particularly inspirational and helpful for me on this journey of simplifying. […]

From Soups to Salads: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

A Cookbook Review from Soups to Salads

By Natalie, Contributing Writer Picking a Cookbook for Picky Families I love trying new recipes, but one of the big bones I have to pick with a lot of cookbooks is that they require exotic ingredients, and, frankly, exotic taste buds. Since my husband and children were born with your average, run-of-the-mill taste buds, I have to be careful not to waste a lot of time and money on expensive dishes that will end up in the garbage disposal. Always on the look out for […]

Why This Pen and Paper Gal is Turning to Digital Organization (A Review of the New ListPlanIt)

Why this pen and paper gal is turning to digital organization

One of my favorite ways to stay organized has just gotten even better. I’ve been using ListPlanIt’s printable lists and organizational pages in my homemaking binder, menu plans on my fridge, shopping lists tucked into my purse, and anywhere else I needed them for the last several years. Personally, I still love printable lists. I’m a pen and paper gal at heart. These days, though, I’m sort of without my pen and paper. As we’re traveling this year, we don’t have printer access, nor do […]

Winter Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 10 Copies of the “Better Than a Box” eBook

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Making real food understandable (and the transition to it achievable) is a huge priority for me as a blogger. Coming from a background of being raised on primarily processed foods and having to both learn to acquire a taste for real food, as well as learn to cook it, has given me a genuine desire to want to offer resources to help make the transition easier for others than it was for me. Over the past month and a half, we’ve been writing about “Real […]

Winter Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 3 Gift Certificates to Apple Valley Natural Soap

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There are very few things that I would consider important enough to put in the crazy expensive FedEx package that we’re having shipped to Argentina. My Apple Valley Shampoo Bars? They made the cut. Seriously, I am in love with my shampoo bars. Back in the summer, I made a massive order from Apple Valley Natural Soap, buying enough shampoo bars, a few regular body soap bars, and our favorite healing herbal salve to last for the entire year that we’ll be traveling. Every few […]